T-Mobile REVVL 6 vs OnePlus Nord N20 5G: Which one is worth buying?

With a price tag under $200, the REVVL 6 is one of T-Mobile’s cheapest 5G smartphones. But how does it compare to the OnePlus Nord N20 5G?

T-Mobile announced the REVVL 6 as one of two new budget 5G smartphones in its REVVL line of devices, but is it worth buying over the OnePlus Nord N20 5G? Carriers are known to sell phones and tablets from different manufacturers, but a few have their own branded products for their customers to purchase. T-Mobile is one such carrier and sells its own smartphones under the REVVL brand.

T-Mobile announced the first REVVL smartphone in August 2017, and it packed entry-level specs for a super-affordable price of $125. A few months later, it followed it up with the REVVL Plus, which shared some of its key specs with the REVVL but contained a larger screen and battery capacity. Since then, T-Mobile has continued to release new models, including the $200 REVVL V Plus 5G that was announced in 2021.


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The new smartphone from T-Mobile has opted for a design that the iPhone is partly inspired by. It has a flat screen, curved bezel, triple rear camera setup, and plastic build. The REVVL 6 comes in one colorway – China Blue. OnePlus’ phone also borrows some of its design from the iPhone. Its screen is also flat, as is its frame. However, its triple rear cameras are separate. It is also made from plastic and is available in a single color option called Blue Smoke. Neither phone has any form of water resistance.

The Nord N20 costs more

Someone holding a OnePlus Nord N20 5G

The REVVL 6 features a 6.5-inch display with a teardrop notch for a 5MP front camera. That’s quite a bit larger than the Nord N20’s 6.43-inch display, which houses a 16MP selfie camera in the top left corner. Additionally, T-Mobile opted for an LCD display with HD+ resolution to keep the cost down, but it can’t quite live up to the Nord N20’s AMOLED FHD+ panel. Despite these differences, both phones have a 60Hz refresh rate. Inside the REVVL 6 is a Dimensity 700 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage (up to 2TB). On the other hand, the Nord N20 has the more powerful Snapdragon 695 processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It also has a MicroSD card slot to add up to 512GB of additional storage.

Both phones pack three rear cameras, but not only are they laid out differently, but their sensors are also different. There is a 13MP main camera on the REVVL 6 paired with a 2MP depth camera and a 2MP macro camera. In contrast, the Nord N20 has a 64MP f/1.79 main camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP monochrome camera. On both phones, buyers will find a single speaker, an audio jack, and a USB-C port for charging. There’s also a fingerprint scanner on both phones, but it’s buried under the Nord N20’s display, while the REVVL 6 has its own under the red-colored power button on the side. They also support Face Unlock. T-Mobile and OnePlus opted for the same 4,500mAh battery capacity, but the Nord N20 will charge faster when empty because it supports 33W fast charging, unlike the REVVL 6, which charges at 15W. OnePlus also gets an extra point for including a charger in the box, while those who buy the REVVL 6 will need to provide their own charger. The REVVL 6 runs Android 12 with an Android-like user interface and comes with several pre-installed Google apps and services, while OnePlus ships the Nord N20 with Android 11-based OxygenOS. While T-Mobile doesn’t say how much OS updates that the REVVL 6 will get, the Nord N20 is eligible for an OS upgrade, bringing it to Android 12. OnePlus also promises three years of security updates. At $169, the REVVL 6 is very cheap, but that low price comes at the expense of a low resolution screen, poor camera array, and weak processor. It also doesn’t have a charger.

In contrast, the $282 Nord N20 ($299, unlocked) justifies its price with a sharper screen, better camera, more RAM and storage, faster charging, and a bundled charger, but it disappoints with its outdated android version. Nevertheless, the REVVL 6 may be enough for anyone who wants to get a cheap 5G smartphone for a child or as a second smartphone. For those who want a better device than the REVVL 6 but don’t want to shell out nearly $300 for the Nord N20, there’s the TCL Stylus 5G. It’s available on T-Mobile for $258, and buyers get a 6.81-inch FHD+ display, 50MP quad camera, smaller 4,000mAh battery that charges faster. at 18 W (charger included), Android 12 and an integrated stylus.

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Source: T-Mobile, OnePlus

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